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Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | | Drama | 9 January 1998 (USA)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.


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Top Rated Movies #101 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 57 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mighton ...
Rachel Majorowski ...
Colleen McCauley ...
Barbershop Quartet #1
Ralph St. George ...
Barbershop Quartet #2
Rob Lynds ...
Barbershop Quartet #3
Dan Washington ...
Barbershop Quartet #4
M.I.T. Student
Derrick Bridgeman ...
M.I.T. Student
M.I.T. Student (as Vic Sahay)


A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart. Written by Dima & Danielle

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Wildly charismatic. Impossibly brilliant. Totally rebellious. For the first 20 years of his life, Will Hunting has called the shots. Now he's about to meet his match. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 January 1998 (USA)  »

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En busca del destino  »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$272,912, 7 December 1997, Limited Release

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Robin Williams read the script via Francis Ford Coppola and really liked it, his one question for Coppola was, "Who are these guys?" See more »


When Will is in court for assaulting an officer, he is talking and the opposing lawyer stands up and says "your honor" but his mouth never moves. See more »


[first lines]
Lambeau: Mod fx... squared... dx. So please finish Parceval, by next time. I know many of you had this as undergraduates, but it won't hurt to brush up.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the film is dedicated to the memory of poet Allen Ginsberg and writer William S. Burroughs, both of whom died in 1997. See more »


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Two Pals Make Good in Hollywood
25 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck scored quite a success with their interesting and entertaining script. The introduction and exposition sections are enormously engrossing, after which script peaks and rather coasts along the rest of the way. Yet, the casting is so well done, and the acting at such good level, that interest is nicely maintained.

What "Hunting" essentially consists of is some two dozen conversational scenes, bridged together with short transitions of physical activity. What is rather remarkable is that one isn't aware of the dramatic limitations comprising the structure. This is a real tribute to the cast, director, and of course, the script. While the basic situation is really quite far-fetched, it is made to seem plausible--again, the mark of good, convincing writing. The story behind getting the script sold and produced on the terms of the writers' preferences is fascinating. Still, one can't really call it luck, for both Damon and Affleck "paid their dues" -- and success did not just fall into their laps. These are two talented young men, with perseverance; and how wonderful for them to have achieved such success while still youthful and full of vitality.

"Good Will Hunting" is a good production, with solid craftsmanship in all departments -- thanks to the creativity of Damon and Affleck.

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